New MacBook Air reportedly slated for Q3 launch

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The MacBook Air hasn't been updated in over a year!
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New MacBook Airs could launch as soon as the end of Q3 2018, according to a new report out of Taiwan that signals the wait for an affordable new MacBook is nearly over.

Apple hasn’t updated the MacBook or MacBook Air since June of 2017, but with a new update on the horizon, it could bring a big boost to Apple’s market share.

A device called Palm brings back a once-promising name

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The Palm name will return to the smartphone market, according to federal documents.
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Palm, once considered a darling of innovation, disappeared from hands thanks to a series of ill-fated mergers and game-changing smartphones, including the iPhone.

Now Palm, or least the name, is poised for a comeback with an Android smartphone later this year.

HP’s pricey new iPad Pro competitor totally misses the point

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The HP Chromebook x2 just doesn’t make sense.
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Android tablets were never going to topple the iPad, so now Apple’s rivals are trying their luck with new slates powered by Chrome OS. HP is the latest to throw its hat into the ring with the Chromebook x2, a pricey competitor to iPad Pro that ships with a detachable keyboard and stylus.

It’s somewhat attractive, but it makes no sense at $599.

HP is now selling Apple devices

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HP offers iPhone, iPad, and Mac under its DaaS program.
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HP is now selling Apple devices through its Device as a Service (DaaS) program.

iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices join the existing catalog of Android and Windows options available to enterprise customers.

Apple overtakes Asus to become fourth largest notebook maker

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Notebook sales increased more than expected last year.
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Global notebook shipments increased more than expected last year, and part of it came down to Apple’s strong MacBook growth.

According to a new report from market research firm TrendForce, Apple recorded a 9.6 percent market share in global notebook shipments, up from 8.3 percent the previous year. As a result, Apple overtook Asus to become the fourth largest notebook maker by shipments, compared to the fifth largest in 2016.

Today in Apple history: HP’s iPod comes out of the blue

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January 8: Today in Apple history: Apple iPod + HP debuts January 8, 2004: The clumsily named Apple iPod + HP, a Hewlett-Packard-branded iPod, makes it debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Shown off by Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, the prototype device is colored blue, the color used for HP’s branding. By the time it arrives on the market later that year, however, the device is the same shade of white as the regular iPod. It doesn’t hang around for long.

Nvidia unleashes 65-inch TVs fit for gaming

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NVIDIA's BFGDs bring ultra-fast gaming to the big screen.
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CES 2018 bugNvidia has unleashed the world’s first lineup of big-screen TVs fit for gaming.

They’re called BFGDs (Big Format Gaming Displays) and they’re capable of displaying 4K content at an ultra-fast 120Hz. They boast support for Nvidia G-Sync and HDR — and they have a Shield TV built right in.

Angela Ahrendts named one of world’s most powerful women

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Angela Ahrendts at the iPhone X keynote.
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Apple’s boss of retail is finally getting some recognition for her large role at the world’s most powerful tech company.

In its latest rankings of the most powerful women in business, Fortune has placed Angela Ahrendts in the top 20 of influencers, raising her up one spot from last year and putting her ahead of executives at companies like Google, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, and Boeing.

MacBook upgrades give Apple a second quarter sales boost

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MacBook sales are up again around the world.
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Recent upgrades to the 12-inch MacBook helped provide Apple with a 17.1 percent notebook sales boost during the second quarter of 2017. The company remains fifth in overall market share, but it has been able to widen the gap between itself and sixth-placed Acer.

Global PC shipments decline as Mac sales stay stagnant

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Mac sales are still solid.
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Global PC shipments declined for the 11th straight quarter, according to a new report from Gartner which found shipments were the lowest they’ve been since 2007.

While most PC manufacturers are experiencing a sales slump, Apple’s Mac and MacBook sales are pretty much stagnant from the same quarter a year ago. Other companies like Lenovo and Asus saw their shipments take a huge dip.